Management Sciences for Health (MSH) seeks an Operations Research and Learning Specialist for a 5 -year USAID-funded Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services Sustained (ACCESS) program in Madagascar. The purpose of the program is to build the capacity of Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) actors at the district level and below in all districts in the implementation regions, to design, develop, manage, deliver, monitor and evaluate health services and programs in their catchment areas. The activity will also engage with regional health authorities with limited interventions to ensure coordination, planning and effective management of health activities in their districts. Work at the national level will focus on informing policy, guideline development, as well as advocacy on key health service delivery issues. ACCESS will work to improve the clinical skills and health governance skills of primary health care providers to deliver high quality, accessible preventive and curative health services. To expand the reach of the public health system, the activity will work to improve the skills and motivation of community health volunteers to deliver quality health services and ensure they work under the supervision of their respective CSB. Finally, ACCESS will promote positive health behaviors, including care seeking behaviors in the target communities through a comprehensive and contextualized social and behavior change (SBC) approach and improve the capacity of the MOPH and local institutions to design, implement, and monitor and evaluate SBC activities.
Under the supervision of the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning, the Operations Research and Learning Specialist will develop and implement the operational research and learning activities for the project. Along with the project’s partners, the Specialist will collaborate with local research institutions, such as INSP and the MOPH at the national and decentralized levels, to co-design and co-implement the project’s implementation and operational research agenda. The research topics will support full understanding of health system constraints and barriers in the target regions that prevent delivery of high-impact health interventions for integrated PHC at scale, and, most important, allow testing of technical strategies for removing those constraints and barriers in a sustainable way. S/he will also work closely with both technical units and M&E staff to ensure coordination, collaboration and learning across all interventions and health sectors